We check in on the latest happenings from Augusta.

Legislative Update

Apr 2, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

We hear from Maine legislative leaders about the work still left to be done this session. Among the major issues still pending include tax conformity and Medicaid expansion. We will also discuss the passage of tax breaks for Bath Iron Works and the creation of the new Maine Future Caucus.

Month In Review

Jun 30, 2017

From the budget showdown in Augusta to the role of the Maine U.S. Senators in health care reform, we speak with a panel of experts about the news that made headlines in June.

Guests:  Greg Kesich, Editorial Page Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio news

Brian Kevin, Managing Editor, Down East magazine

Legislative Update

Jun 5, 2017

The end is in sight for the current legislative session.  We’ll hear from leaders from each party on the work left to be done, as well as progress on budget negotiations, the status of education funding, the proposed mental health step-down facility, and more. 

Guests:  Andre Cushing, Assistant Senate Majority Leader, R- Newport

Jared Golden, Assistant House Majority Leader, D-Lewiston

Maine Veterans' Homes facility on Cony Rd. in Augusta

Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta, across the road from MaineGeneral Medical Center. The existing facility would be replaced with what are described as “small house style” units. Marketing Director Devin Robinson says the “small home” model is the newest, most current nursing home style in the country. That’s in contrast to the current facility which was built using a hospital format with long hallways and large units.

A protest in front of the Blaine House
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On this Thanksgiving eve, about a hundred people picketed the front lawn of the Blaine House to protest Governor LePage's opposition to allowing ten thousand Syrian refugees admittance to the United States.

 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Augusta Fire Department says an apartment building fire that displaced 13 people was caused by an improperly disposed cigarette.

The Maine State House in Augusta, Maine
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It's veto day in Augusta and political pundits participate in a discussion about the Maine legislature; an update on the primary races in Maine's Second Congressional District. Also, the latest political wranglings in Augusta could impact the race for governor.

Maine Politics

Jun 18, 2013

  The latest on news out of the legislature in Augusta and a look ahead to the governor's race.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Mary Ellen Fitzgerald, President of Critical Insights

Maine Capitol Dome in Augusta
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  What is happening in Augusta with the budget negotiations? What's left to be done this legislative term?

Host Jenniffer Rooks was joined by: 

AJ Higgins, MPBN State House Correspondent 

Mal Leary, MPBN State House Reporter 

Greg Dugal, Maine Innkeepers Association 

Mayor Willaim Stokes, Augusta 

Rep. Alex Willette, (R-Mapleton), Maine House Assistant Minority Leader 

Rep. Seth Berry, (D-Bowdoinham), Maine House Majority Leader

  What's the latest out of Augusta? A panel of political watchers will delve into the back and forth between the governor and the legislature. Which bills might become law and why.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Mike Cuzzi - former campaign aide to President Barack Obama, Sen. John Kerry and Congressman Tom Allen. Manager of VOX Global's Portland office.

Dan Demeritt - GOP political consultant and public relations specialist. Former campaign aide and communications director for Gov. Paul LePage.

  MPBN State House Bureau Chief, A Jay Higgins, and two political observers discussed the issues likely to dominate the year ahead in Augusta.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

A Jay Higgins, MPBN State House Bureau Chief

Emily Shaw, professor at Thomas College

and Ron Schmidt, professor at University of Southern Maine